The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of Kerala’s Communist Party of India (Marxist) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in connection with a narcotics case on Thursday, officials said.
Kodiyeri was questioned earlier in the day – third time so far –for his alleged connection with Mohammed Anoop, an accused in the Bengaluru drug case.
During the last round of investigation, Bineesh was questioned for six hours over his financial links with Anoop.
Either @b_kodiyeri should resign from his highest party post
or keep bineesh kodiyeri locked up in a room
For #keralites, Bineesh's name popping up in Dubai cheque case, a girls case, several ED case and now unaccounted money, too much!!!
— Ｔｈｅ Ｐｏｌｉｔｉｃｉａｎ (@primechieftain) October 29, 2020
The NCB had arrested Anoop on August 28 along with Kannada television star D Anikha and Rijosh Raveendran, a Palakkad resident.
Bineesh has told investigators that he knew Anoop and his family and the latter had borrowed money from him a few years ago for starting a restaurant in Bengaluru. Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Youth League General Secretary P K Firoz had said that Bineesh had invested money in Anoop’s hotel business in Kammanahalli in 2015 and sought a detailed investigation into it.
Last month, the ED had also sent Bineesh a notice under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had earlier accused Bineesh of having close connections with a few members of a drug racket that was recently busted by the NCB in Bengaluru.
Bineesh’s name has also cropped up in the case of smuggling of gold in the state through diplomatic channels, which came to light after 30 kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crores, smuggled in a consignment camouflaged as diplomatic baggage, was busted by the Customs in Thiruvananthapuram on July 5.